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Big changes coming to the Port of Rochester

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Rochester, N.Y. – Big changes are ahead for Rochester’s waterfront and the old ferry terminal. The port is working with the city to bring in new businesses – one of them, a longtime Rochester favorite.

Bill Gray’s wants to move into the port, and there’s also a new wedding venue already setting up shop.

“I think everybody’s gotta step their game up, you know?” Jetty at the Port owner Craig Ristuccia. Renovations to the restaurant are currently underway.

Last year’s high lake levels made for a difficult summer last year.

“The whole boating community really suffered from it,” said Marianne Warfle, the general manager of the Port of Rochester marina. “We were fortunate that we have floating docks. But a lot of businesses suffered because the community just wasn’t what it was with the rising waters.”

Now, the port will have new options for weddings – come rain or shine. Arbor at the Port will host up to 300 guests with waterfront views.

“There’s something about it,” said co-owner Agathi Georgiou. “There’s tons of history, there’s a stunning view.”

“It’s great for options for brides who might want to get married on the beach; might have a rainy day, and they can come inside,” she added.

City Council is considering Bill Gray’s request to move in where Mom’s Margios used to be. It would be a $1.2 million investment.

“For the region, not just the city, it’s a regional asset and we want people from all over the country to enjoy,” said Baye’ Muhammad, Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development.

With all the changes coming, folks at the Port of Rochester hope it’ll be bustling with business come this summer.

“I’m ready to enjoy it,” said Nicholas Wagar. “My family loves it here. A lot of people I know love it down here. It’s nice to get it up and running again.”

Arbor at the Port plans to open in June. The city says it plans to make a decision on Bill Gray’s in two weeks.

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